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St. John's Anglican Church

Parish of Horton,  Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Dec. 10th, 2017, Second Sunday in Advent

8 am Holy Communion, The Book of Common Prayer, P. 67

Collect: BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Reader: Val Burtsell           Prayers of the People: Chris Acton

Eucharistic Assistant: Beth Turner

Rector:                                    The Rev'd Sandra Fyfe



Deacon:                                  The Rev’d K. Ann Watson


Honourary Assistant:         The Rev’d Dr. V Bruce Matthews

Wardens:                               Ron Stuart, 902-542-4477

                                               Margaret Coghill, 902-678-9982

Director of Music & Organist: Dr. Michelle Boyd


Flower Convener:                Cathy Stewart, 902-542-5565

Administrative Assistant: Deborah MacDonald,


Sexton:                                    Peter Brown, 902-698-0414

Church Phone:                     902-542-2487


10 am    Holy Eucharist, The Book of Alternative Services

The Gathering of the Community

Processional Hymn                            #103 On Jordan's Bank

The Greeting and Collect for Purity, p. 185

Candle Lighting – Second Sunday in Advent (see insert)

       The Collect of the Day: God of timeless grace, you fill us with   joyful expectation. Make us ready for the message that   prepares the way, so that with uprightness of heart and holy          joy we may eagerly await the coming of Christ, who reigns         with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

The children depart for Sunday School

   The Proclamation of the Word, p. 187

      First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11,  Della Harris

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15a,  Adam Boyd
Gradual Hymn                                        #562 Dona Nobis Pacem

The Holy Gospel: Mark 1:1-8


Affirmation of Faith (Services of Worship, The Church of England)

Let us declare our faith in God,

We believe in God the Father,

from whom every family

in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,

who lives in our hearts through faith,

and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us

with power from on high.

We believe in one God:

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


The Prayers of the People, Jordan Waterbury

Confession and Absolution, p. 191

The Sharing of the Peace, p. 192                                                           

   The Celebration of the Eucharist

Offertory Hymn              #486 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

                                                                           (tune: Hyfrydol #463)

Prayer over the Gifts, p. 270

      Eucharistic Prayer #5, p. 204               #735 Holy, holy, holy…

      The Lord’s Prayer,  p. 211

      The Breaking of the Bread,  p. 212          #745 Lamb of God…

All are welcome to come forward to receive holy communion or a blessing. Gluten-free bread is available at the communion rail.

       Communion hymns:   # 100 Comfort, Comfort Ye My People;

                                                        Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Prayer after Communion, p.  270, followed by Doxology, p. 214

The Blessing

Announcements   Diana Patterson

       Closing Hymn   #114 Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending

  The Dismissal

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

You have been gracious to your land, O Lord, you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.

You have forgiven all the iniquity of your people and blotted out all their sins.

I will listen to what you, Lord God, are saying, for you are speaking peace to your faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to you.

Truly, your salvation is very near to those who fear you, that your glory may dwell in our land.

Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Truth shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

Lord, you will indeed grant prosperity, and our land will yield its increase.

Righteousness shall go before you, and peace shall be a pathway for your feet.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Eucharistic Assistant: Murray Phillips

Greeters: Don Conrad

      Counters: Sharon Carey & Vicki Harris

Everyone is invited to enjoy a time of fellowship and refreshments following the 10am service this week provided by Karen & Dale Hennigar


Cycle of Prayer

Please remember in your prayers…

·       The Diocese of The Episcopal Church in Western North Carolina, the Diocese of Central Newfoundland; and the parishes of Maitland, Stewiacke and Shubenacadie

·       All those living and working towards

  • Those in need of God’s healing grace: Arthur, Joan, Albert Jucker, Charlie, Mary, Christine, Tim, Jamie, Trevor, Sylvia Desloges, Digger McDougall, Cal McMillan, Lyle Southam,

Jack, Pam, Barclay, Cecil, Joanie, Marlene & John Reid, Cameron, Jane, Doreen McKee, Kevan, Mary Funderburg, Diana Hart, Marian Sampson, Sheilagh Morton, Gloria, Connie, Betty and A.J.

NOTICE: If you would like to have flowers placed in the church over the Christmas Season contact Cathy Stewart, 902-542-5565

A heartfelt thank you to all those who helped make our 3rd Christmas Home Tour a wonderful success!  It takes many people working in four different locations to  host an event like this.  The bakers, greeters, guides, servers and decorators all brought Christmas cheer from St. Johns into our community.  Well done everyone!    

SERVICES FOR December 17th

8:00 am Holy Communion (BCP)   

10:00 am (BAS) Service of the Word with Sunday School Pageant 


Mark these dates on your calendar

Tonight at 7pm: Parish Council meeting, followed by Christmas social in the Rectory. Please bring some food or drinks to share. Spouses/partners welcome.

Join us at the Horton Ridge Malt House on Weds., Dec. 13th at 6:30pm as John Robichaud leads us in conversation about The Spirit of Photography. John is an award-winning documentary film-maker and landscape photographer. Admission is free. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snack foods are available for sale. This is the first in a series of The Spirit of… talks organized by our Parish.

ACW Meeting our final meeting of the year will take place on Monday Dec. 18th. We need to finalize a few things and plan for next year. Jan. 15th  will be our first ACW meeting of 2018.

Fridays, 11-11:45am: Christian Meditation in the church

Weds., Dec. 20th, 7pm, Orchard Valley United Church: Longest Night service (music, candle lighting and comfort). All welcome. Orchard Valley UC is located at the foot of Cornwallis Avenue (across from the entrance to County Fair Mall) in New Minas.

Church & Community News

Mission to Seafarers:  The ACW is filling shoeboxes before Christmas to be taken to the Halifax Mission to Seafarers. Please leave your donations at the back of the church clearly marked for Seafarers.  All donations must be in by Dec. 17th.

Advent Materials and the Advent/Christmas letter are available at the back of the church. Please drop off a letter to a friend or neighbour and help the Parish save on the cost of postage.

The envelopes for 2018 have arrived. If you would like envelopes or no longer need them please speak to Linda Barkhouse after church or call me at 902-692-1214. Now is also a good time to consider switching to PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance). If you have any questions or concerns about PAR, I would be happy to answer them.

Rector’s Schedule: Sandra will be in the church office Wednesday and Friday, 9:30-11am. She will be off Monday and Tuesday.  

200th Anniversary pewter ornaments for sale. Please speak with an Anniversary Committee member to purchase. A lovely keepsake or gift for just $10! They are reasonably priced at $10. Payment to be given at time of purchase - no IOU's please.
Gravy Boat is Ready! The gravy boat is docked at the back of the church ready for your loonies, toonies, fivers or other donations towards the cost of turkeys for more than 150 Christmas hampers. Those writing cheques payable to WAICC (marked “Christmas Hampers”) will receive income tax receipts from WAICC.